Powell River Board of Education
Learners Preparing for the Challenges of Tomorrow
StrongStart Outreach

​The last day of StrongStart for the 2018/2019 school year will be on Friday June 21, 2019.  Thank-you for a wonderful year! 
StrongStart programs are expected to re-open in Monday September 9, 2019. 

StrongStart Outreach - ORCA Bus

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                                                                                Sherry Pagani                                                                                        StrongStart Facilitator

School District #47 StrongStart Outreach provides exciting play-based early learning programming on the ORCA Bus from September through June. 

ORCA stands for “On the Road with Children’s Activities” – a mobile preschool activity bus designed to bring engaging preschool activities and resources to remote areas of the community. The bus is an initiative of the Powell River and District United Way in partnership with School District #47.  The ORCA Bus started making stops in rural areas around Powell River in February 2009. School District #47 has been involved in planning the innovative project since 2005. The bus provides space for all agencies to connect with young families. Consult the ORCA schedule to see what agency will be on-board. 

All children participating in the StrongStart programs on-board the bus are registered with the Ministry of Education.  Please bring official identification to complete the registration process.  School District Early Learning programs run throughout the school year following the elementary school calendar.  This means school district programs will not be running on statutory holidays, two weeks at Christmas and at Spring Break, as well as all elementary school district professional development days. 

The ORCA Bus schedule can be found below and also at unitedwayofpowellriver.ca. 

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June 2019 Outreach Schedule

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July and August 2019 Outreach Schedule
StrongStart Outreach will be taking a summer break. Go to unitedwayofpowellriver.ca for the summer schedule- many exciting programs will be offered.  StrongStart Outreach is expected to reconvene after the summer starting on September 9, 2019. 

We hope you have a safe and fun filled summer.